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PREVIEW: CAPITALS AT HURRICANES

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (39-25-10-2, 90 pts.)
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CAROLINA HURRICANES (34-31-8-3, 79 pts.)
Friday, March 30, 2001 at 7 p.m.

GAME NIGHT:
The Hurricanes return home to Raleigh for the second half of a home-and-home series with the Washington Capitals. The Capitals defeated Carolina 7-0 at the MCI Center on Wednesday night. Carolina is currently tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with the Boston Bruins. The Hurricanes hold the tie-breaker advantage against Boston. The Bruins play at Ottawa on Friday night. Ron Francis is one assist shy of moving into third place on the NHL all-time assist list. Hurricanes Head Coach Paul Maurice is one win shy of becoming the first coach in franchise history to reach 200 wins.

PRACTICE TIMES:
March 30FridayESA10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
March 31SaturdayESA11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 1SundayOttawa10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
April 2MondaySt. Louis11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Local Television: HTS/FSN
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
Carolina is 9-5-4 against Southeast Division opponents this season… The Carolina Hurricanes were ranked second in the National Hockey League in team face-off percentage through March 28, winning 55.0% of their face-offs. The Capitals are first at 55.3%… Rod Brind’Amour is tops among all Hurricanes and ranked third in the NHL (minimum 20 games) with a face-off percentage of 60.4%. Ron Francis was sixth in the league at 57.6%.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 21-14-3-0 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 13-17-5-3 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 65-of-353 (18.4%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 294-of-337 (87.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Glen Wesley suffered a broken jaw and a severe facial laceration at Chicago on March 4. He is on the Injured Reserve List.

CAROLINA / WASHINGTON SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals meet tonight for the final of five games this season and the second half of a home-and-home series. Washington leads the season series 2-1-1 after defeating Carolina 7-0 at the MCI Center on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes’ lone win came on March 15 by a score of 3-0 at the MCI Center. Washington defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 on Feb. 24, and the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie in Carolina’s regular season opener on Oct. 7. Sami Kapanen and Shane Willis lead all Hurricanes scorers in the season series with four points each (2g, 2a). The Capitals won last year’s season series with the Hurricanes 2-1-2, with the Hurricanes’ win coming on November 7, 1999 by a score of 3-2 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes are 25-43-10 all-time against the Capitals, including a 13-19-7 at home and a 12-24-3 mark on the road.

WASHINGTON NOTES:
The Capitals can clinch the Southeast Division title with a win or a tie against Carolina on Friday night. Washington center Adam Oates moved into the NHL’s top ten in career assists during this season. Oates is now ninth all-time with 961 assists. Carolina’s Ron Francis is fourth with 1,134.
WASHINGTON AT HOME: 22-8-6-2 WASHINGTON ON THE ROAD: 17-17-4-0 WASHINGTON ON THE POWER PLAY: 71-of-329 (21.6%) WASHINGTON SHORTHANDED: 304-of-361 (84.2%)

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
10 Francis76134760
92 O’Neill 76352257
24 Kapanen76193352
17 Brind’Amour73173350
23 Gelinas73222850

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
1 Irbe712.4433-28-8.909
31 Moss113.84 1-6-0.853

WASHINGTONGPGATP
12 Bondra76453580
77 Oates76136780
55 Gonchar70183452

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
37 Kolzig682.4735-24-8.909
1 Billington102.553-3-2.907

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